Kiril Lazarov

Kiril Lazarov (Macedonian: Кирил Лазаров, born 10 May 1980) is a Macedonian handball player for HBC Nantes and the North Macedonia national team, which he also captains and coaches.[1]

Kiril Lazarov
Lazarov in 2018
Personal information
Born (1980-05-10) 10 May 1980 (age 41)
Sveti Nikole, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Macedonian
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club HBC Nantes
Number 17
Youth career
Years Team
RK Ovče Pole
RK Borec
Senior clubs
Years Team
RK Borec
RK Pelister
RK Zagreb
MVM Veszprém
RK Zagreb
Al Sadd SC
BM Ciudad Real
BM Atlético Madrid
FC Barcelona Lassa
HBC Nantes
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
North Macedonia 207 (1443)
Teams managed
North Macedonia

Lazarov holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Men's Handball Championship (92). He is also the all-time top scorer in the EHF Champions League and the only player to have scored more than 1,000 goals. Due to his scoring prowess, he is regarded as one of the best handball players of all time.[2][3]


Lazarov was the top scorer of the EHF Champions League two times with MVM Veszprém and RK Zagreb. In 2011–12, he was the top scorer for Velux EHF Final 4 runner-up Atlético Madrid.[4]

On 29 January 2009, Lazarov became world record-holder for the number of goals scored in one World Championship. In nine games he scored 92 goals for the Macedonia national team at the 2009 World Men's Handball Championship that took place in Croatia. On 24 March 2009, Kiril Lazarov was awarded the Medal for Service to the Country by the then-president of the Republic of Macedonia Branko Crvenkovski in acknowledgment of his sport achievements and his contribution to developing and popularizing the sport in Macedonia as well as promoting the country abroad.

On 27 January 2012, Lazarov became both the European and World record-holder for scored goals in a single championship by scoring 61 goals in 7 games at the 2012 European Men's Handball Championship.

On 4 October 2015, with his fifth goal in a match against PICK Szeged, Lazarov became the first player in the history of the EHF Champions League to break the 1000 goals barrier and helped Barcelona win 30:28.[5]

On 29 May 2016, Lazarov was voted as The Best Right Back of the Champions League All-star team.

In late December 2020, he was voted as best right back of the decade in a poll organized by Handball Planet, with votes coming from fans and jury consisted of handball legends, coaches and journalists.[6][7]


Lazarov during a game in 2009 in Ehingen, Germany

Lazarov has won 15 national championships and the same number of national cup tournaments for five different clubs. In international club tournaments, his best results are two runners-up.

Personal life

Lazarov has been married to his wife Ljubica since June 2006. They have two children, a boy named Blagojče and girl named Lana. His brother Filip is also a handball player.[8]